Rochester Open

June 23-24, 2017 | Masters Enter Free (Anyone ever at or above 2200 USCF)

The event falls at the end of Rochesterfest which has lots of fun events for families.  A schedule of events will be posted at the Rochesterfest website,

Sponsored by: Rochester Chess Club (RCC) and Mayo Clinic Chess Club (MCCC)
Chief TD: Matt Jensen.  Assistant TD’s: Dennis Mays, Jack Fulsom, Golden Peng.
Door Monitor: Bertha Fulsom.  Organizers: Matt Jensen and Dennis Mays.

Premier (open to all) 
5-SS. G/60, d5. EF: $50 ($60 at site). USCF required. Masters enter free.
$$ b/20: $425, $215, $105, U2000 $85, U1800 $85.

RDS: 2-day  Friday 7:30 P.M.; Saturday 10:00, , 1:00, 3:30, and 6:00.
1-day  G/30 d5 option: Saturday 10:00, 11:15, merge in round 3.

Chess Castle Wednesday 7:00 PM.  Merge in round 2 with 2-day.

Amateur (U1600) 
5-SS.  G/60, d5.  EF: $30 ($40 at site). USCF required.
$$ b/20: $240, $120, $60, U1400 $50, U1200 $50.

RDS: 2-day  Friday 7:30 P.M.; Saturday 10:00, , 1:00, 3:30, and 6:00.
1-day  G/30 d5 option: Saturday 10:00, 11:15, merge in round 3.

Chess Castle Wednesday 7:00 PM.  Merge in round 2 with 2-day.

Reserve (U1200) Saturday Only
5-SS. G/30, d5. EF: $15 ($20 at site).  USCF required.
PZ: 1st-7th trophies. RDS: Saturday only, 10:00, 11:15, 1:00, 2:30, 4:00.

Bantam (U800/Unrated) Saturday Only
4-SS. G/30, d5. EF: $15 ($20 at site).  USCF required.
PZ: 1st-7th trophies. RDS: Saturday only, 10:00, 11:15, 1:00, and 2:30.

Site:  Mayo Clinic Harwick Cafeteria. 201 3rd Ave SW, Rochester, MN 55902.
Free parking on the street or in all public (not Mayo Clinic) parking ramps.
Enter the Harwick building through the east entrance on 3rd Ave SW.

Registration and Advance Entry
Advance Entry:

On-Site: Mayo Clinic Harwick Cafeteria. 201 3rd Ave SW, Rochester, MN 55902

Friday for Premier and Amateur, 6:45 – 7:15 PM
Saturday for all sections 8:45 – 9:30 AM.  Re-entry for 1 day: Premier $30, Amateur $20.

 Discounted Hotel: Econo Lodge, call (507) 282-9905 Chess tournament rate of $75/night, ask for Duane.

 Questions?  Please email Matt Jensen ( or call/text (651-492-4624).

Upcoming Events
  • BLIZZARD FIDE December 16, 2017 – December 17, 2017 CASTLE Minnesota Blizzard FIDE Tournament 16-17 December 2017 Over $1,200 prizes projected! Site: Chess Castle of Minnesota (1121 NE Jackson St #134, Minneapolis MN, 55413). FIDE Section: FIDE & USCF rated. Entry fee is $50 for Chess Castle Members by 13 December, $60 non-members by 13 December (late registration and players below 1800 USCF each incurs…
  • Monday Action Quads December 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm Chess Castle of MN MONDAY: A three round robin (RR) format at Game in 30 minutes. (Game/30 delay 5 sec) You play players of comparable strength. Register from 6:30-7pm, and I will be doing the pairings right away, so we should be done by ten-thirty. Entry fee is $12 for members, $15 others. Prizes are $25 for 1st in…
  • Casual Night December 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Chess Castle of Minnesota, 1121 NE Jackson St #134, Minneapolis, MN 55413, United States TUESDAY: 6-10pm. A night of casual play where people gather to analyze games play Blitz (Game/5) and hang out. You should be able to get the basic information on the rules to get you started and ready for the other events. (Keeping score, using a clock, tournament rules, chess etiquette and how to say "Checkmate"…
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